Nepal government seeks new budget to avert crisis
KATMANDU (AP) - Nepal's finance secretary said on Friday that the government won't have enough money to keep running unless a budget is approved by mid-November, but opposition parties said the caretaker administration doesn't have the authority to approve a budget.
The government will not be able to feed security forces, run hospitals and pay salaries to teachers and tens of thousands of government workers after Nov 15, Finance Secretary Santa Raj Subedi said.
Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has been trying to get President Ram Baran Yadav to approve the budget through an ordinance, but Mr Yadav has made it clear Mr Bhattarai needs the support of opposition parties first.
They want the caretaker prime minister to resign and for a new government to have representation from all the major political parties.